If you really want to shake things up, you could perhaps leave teaching and enter the real world. Remember, regular workers also work hard and receive very few holidays, so the grass is not always greener. If you are determined to give it a go, then make the most of your transferable skills in your application.
Allegedly, former teachers make excellent employees in the field of public relations and communication. All that time working with disaffected children and managing demanding parents produces skills directly transferable into this area. The key website looks to be PRWeek with listing supplied for both senior and entry level positions in the field.
Recruitment Consultant - Education
Another area in the private sector that draws on transferable skills and a teacher's knowledge of the education system is recruitment consultancy. Education recruitment consultants support schools and educational bodies in the whole recruitment process including candidate selection, advertising and interviews. This appears to be a high pressure career with an emphasis on sales and marketing skills. Consultants work long hours with a range of targets to hit, so it could be a real home from home for the average teacher. On the plus side they are not expected to work in their free time, so you will at least get a weekend.
Teachers are also ideal for work in sales based careers and their are a variety of roles within the education sales field. Education sale consultants will support schools in the selection and purchase of relevant resources. Again this is a high pressure job with long hours, but nothing compared to daily bump and grind of a teaching commitment.
If you have a real expertise in developing learning resources then there may be opportunities to work within educational publishing. The is a broad range of demand for resources from textbooks to interactive web-based material. Again this is a competitive area, but if you have a real flair in this area, publishing your work could prove to be a flexible and rewarding career.
A teacher has a variety of transferable skills into the world of the corporate training. Gaining entry to the corporate environment may be the issue, but if you have specific skills and talents that would be useful to the employer you may have a chance.
If you have well developed skills in maths or statistics you could retrain to become an actuary. The profession uses maths to measure the probability of future events. It's a well regarded, solid career, but you will probably have to return to college to retrain initially.
It's a trendy American idea, but could be an ideal use of a former teacher's well developed communication and relationship skills.
How difficult can it be? Becoming an estate agent appears to be an accessible career with a host of transferable skills from teaching. With a variety of methods of entering the profession and an emphasis on people, organisation and ICT skills, it could prove the ideal opportunity. As in all sales based jobs however, there can be pressure to achieve financial targets.